If there’s one thing that can consume over 100 hours of your life, it’s planning a walking vacation from scratch. Researching destinations is a big enough task on its own—but finding a spot with excellent walking trails (that aren’t packed with tourists) takes some serious sleuthing. Of course, you’ll also need to hunt for great hotels—ones that introduce you to the unique culture of the region without breaking the bank. And finally, there’s the ever-present transportation question—how will you get from hotel to hotel? Oh, and flights—that’s really the fun part (no, it really isn’t.) When you think about all the time and effort it takes to plan a walking trip from scratch, it begs the question—what could you do with the time you’d save by taking a Country Walkers Self-Guided Walking Adventure instead?
Country Walkers Self-Guided Adventures deliver the perfect balance of flexibility and support. You don’t walk with a group and guide on Country Walkers Self-Guided Walking Adventures. Instead, you’re completely free to walk, play, and explore at your own pace—unencumbered by the schedule of others. Our local host is there to greet you on your arrival day, answer any questions and make sure you know where to call if you need support. We find the best hotels in the region and arrange hotel transportation for you. When it’s time to move to your next hotel, simply pack your bags, bring them to the lobby and we’ll whisk them away to the next hotel while you’re out enjoying your walk. If you don’t feel like walking that day, we’ll even give you a lift to your next hotel!
What Could You Do with the Time You Save?
Based on our many years of vacation planning experience, we estimate it would take about 100 hours to plan a walking tour from scratch. That’s more than two weeks at a full-time job—and the time it takes to develop a new skill or improve upon an existing one. They say time is money—so what would you do with your “mad 100” hours?
Match Wits with the Literary Masters
If you’re like us, you love to read. But how long has it been since you tackled a really challenging work of literature? Alongside our beloved and well-worn copies of Austen and Conan Doyle lurk musty tomes we’ve been meaning to read for eons. If that copy of War and Peace, or Ulysses, has been burning a hole on your bookshelf for far too long, 100 extra hours is the perfect opportunity to conquer a life-changing read.
Create a Haven for Pollinators
Do you love to garden? If you do, you’ve probably considered the importance of bees—and how to attract them. With 100 extra hours at your disposal, you could design a bee habitat packed with colorful flowers and native plants—perhaps throwing in some milkweed to nourish endangered monarch butterflies. Your garden will thank you for taking care of the much-needed pollinators—and you’ll enjoy a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables for years to come.
Play it Loud!
If you’ve been harboring musical ambitions, 100 hours is a great way to hone your skills. You might dedicate yourself to singing the subtle chord changes on “Girl from Ipanema” just like Astrud Gilberto, hitting Little Richard’s high notes on “Tutti Frutti,” or blowing blues harp like Howling Wolf on “Smokestack Lightening.” If mastering Ravel’s Gaspard de Nuit on piano has always been your ambition, 100 hours of dedicated practice will get you well on your way.
Impress Your Guests with a New Culinary Skill
If you love fine Italian pasta but never have time to make it yourself, 100 extra hours is more than enough time to develop the skill. With just a few simple ingredients, homemade pasta is one of the greatest culinary treats of all time. Best of all, your whole family will appreciate your accomplishment. What a generous way to spend your mad 100!
Become Monarch of the Dance Floor
You may not have extensive ballet training or be a tap dancing protégé, but in 100 hours, you can easily learn some cool moves. You might spend your mad 100 hours taking salsa dancing lessons or exploring the smoldering passion of the tango. If your tastes are more classical, you might work on perfecting your arabesque or grand jeté—just make sure you’ve got a clear runway because the cat won’t thank you for treading on its tail.
Spread a Little Love in Your Community
In the hustle and bustle of modern life, it can be hard to find the time to consciously build community. At the same time, a healthy community is exactly what keeps us whole. With an extra 100 hours, you might start a Little Free Library to help foster a positive and engaged community of inspired readers. There are many creative ways to design a Little Free Library kiosk—with unique features and decorations that represent your shared identity. Fill it with great trail guides and natural history books, and you may well inspire the next generation of active adventurers!